Egg salad season follows Easter as surely as some will find a Peep under the couch some time in May. You can repurpose decorated eggs for the egg salad sandwich Eli Zabar developed for his appetizing shop in Manhattan, or make them into this fancy egg salad. You could use them in this asparagus salad with hard-boiled eggs, or in a sauce gribiche that you can use to adorn a platter of braised leeks — or braised tongue, if you prefer.
And if you don’t have decorated eggs? You can make some perfect boiled eggs and use them to assemble the Instagram-famous egg salad sandwich (above) from Konbi in Los Angeles. How about curried egg salad? Egg salad with green olives, celery and parsley?
Enough with the eggs? Try a broccoli salad with peanuts and tahini-lime dressing, or a slow-cooker white bean and Parmesan soup.
I could absolutely see my way to cooking Melissa Clark’s pizza chicken this week, with a sweet and spicy fruit salad for dessert. Or maybe one-pan pork chops with feta, snap peas and mint, with chocolate chip cookies to follow, with a small glass of malted milk?
Here’s how to cook the asparagus that’s coming into market. And how to make ingredient substitutions, too.
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Now, it’s a far cry from flavored salts and different sorts of chutneys, but I still want you to read this new poem from Natalie Diaz in The New York Times Magazine, “If I Should Come Upon Your House Lonely in the West Texas Desert.”
The priceless Dust-to-Digital reminded me it was Jimmy Cliff’s birthday last week. They posted an ace video of him performing “The Harder They Come” in 1972.
A reader sent along a quiet, almost haunting video documentary about a Japanese cafe in a Tokyo suburb, where the proprietor makes coffee and pizza toast. It’s called “Pizza Toast & Coffee: Kissa Bugen,” by Craig Mod.
There’s been a lot of talk in my set about rewatching old television series, and I did it with “The Wire.” Now I’m turning to James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux novels, starting with “The Neon Rain.” Maybe you’ll join me?
Finally, more music to play us off: Big Thief covering The Breeders, “Off You.” Listen to that and I’ll be back on Wednesday.
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